Monday, October 31, 2011

I Can Has Me Own Pad?

Movers have left with our household items and we are alone with these empty spaces. Now we are cleaning and preparing for our departure.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Greatest Game Ever Played

John and I took a break from packing our belongings and watched a great movie this evening. Makes me want to play golf. Maybe I'll have the chance to since there's a course right in the back yard of our new home.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

N & N Oriental

Enjoyed lunch with a good friend at one of my favorite Thai restaurants today. At the end of my day, I don't remember much about my work or getting a permanent crown at the's always the simple things that fill my memories.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cat Career Options

As we are considering my career path so is Havi.  She’s exploring the possibility of being a couch technician. Judging from the length of time she spent examining the underside of it, I think the occupation may be a viable career option for her.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bangkok 9

I took half the day off from work for an afternoon doctor's appointment and picked up John from work for lunch. We went to one of our favorite Thai restaurants, Bangkok 9 (located on Stephanie in the Target shopping center). The food is always delicious and the staff always friendly. If you are near the Sunset Galleria, check out this place for lunch or dinner.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

All Work and No Play

There was a time when I couldn't see straight because my nose was burried in manuals and manuals for implementing a new class and event management software for my place of work. Faithful Elgy was always by my side and she would let me know when I've had enough by laying on my books and telling me 'no more!' John picked up my slack around the house by cooking for and cleaning after me and our girls.

After two intensive months, the special project to which I was assigned has successfully launched! I can finally breath and resume a lighter workload. The rollout of the entire series of products is not done but this was the biggest hurdle so for now, I will allow myself to enjoy and appreciate the big and small things.
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What Makes Us Stronger

One of our local bike shop owners was struck down by a car during a morning ride on his bicycle and was in recovery for many weeks. There was a large social ride organized to welcome him back in the saddle which I was honored to join. I had not ridden since our trip to Mammoth so this was the perfect opportunity to get out and ride alongside familiar faces, especially with Mike.

You cannot tell by these photos but it was a GORGEOUS day in the Vegas/Henderson area!

We ended up back at the bike shop and enjoyed the food catered by (I'll have to get the name) but the sandwiches were delicious. I caught this precious moment and it reminds me what cycling is all about--family. Our family is everything. They are our source of love and support among many things. They are what makes us stronger and no car can ever keep our spirits down.

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No Bake Meatless Lasagna

I haven't shared a recipe in a while so I will post this one soon! Very, very delicious and perfect for the summer when you don't want to heat up your house by baking a lasagna in the oven.
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My Family

In family matters, this is my cousin who I last saw over five years ago. We are back in touch and she has grown up to be a beautiful young woman.

Here is one of my nephews with his best friend. As I understand their friendship, she is a keeper because she likes trucks!
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Fireplace Project Complete

If you can recall what the fireplace looks like, I think there is much improvement from its "before" state. By clicking on the 'remodeling living room' tag at the bottom of this post, you'll see my previous post about the fireplace.
The dry wall guys did a fantastic job and in only one day! The work involved cutting out the dry wall around the fireplace because the originally dry wall was damaged from the destruction of the tiles which had surrounded it. We originally planned to put up tiles but opted to finish the dry wall for clean, simple look.

We are so pleased with the work and results. We highly recommend the company.  Their contact information is below:
Patch Co., Inc. (Commercial & Residential)
Cory Huebert, Field Manager
Office (702) 897-3865
Henderson, NV

I had no idea there was so much work involved and the guys took care in making a canopy surrounding the work area when the time came for them to texture the dry wall.

Viola! Their part was done. Now all we had to do was paint, install the baseboards, and hang the shelves.
No detectible seem to the naked eye. I was quite impressed with the workmanship and worth every penny!

I wanted to break up the plain wall somehow but didn't want to put tiles or something that would be too busy so in this photo, I plotted where the floating shelves would go. The idea came to me because I had wanted to give Elgy (pictured in the bottom left of the photo) a way to get up to the bed perched atop of the fireplace. Unlike her sister, Havi (the calico cat) who can launch five feet from the dining table or from the arm of the couch, Elgy is not able to get to jump that distance (she has short legs). So the idea of the shelves was to provide "steps" for Elgy.
Of course, both of them needed to have a supervisory role through each step in the process!

As simple as this project sounds, it took us over the course of several weeks to complete it with both of us working day and night at our jobs and John's business. Finally the fireplace was finished and Havi was the first to give her approval!
She sure missed her bed and was up there the first night after the shelves were hung. Havi doesn't use the shelves as steps to climb above the fireplace and prefers to her usual route. Here she is carefully inspecting our work (it is hard to tell in these images but the shelves are of three different widths).
And when she was satisfied, she settled down and observed Elgy from above.

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Musical Chairs

Well, the Dodge Journey is gone and we have had this Toyota Scion for almost two months now. It is John's car number ___ (I've lost count, LOL). One thing has been consistent and that is the color of our last three vehicles--white.

Afterwards we stopped by Lindo Michoachan (spelling?) on the northeast side of town. We have never been to that location but agree that their food was fabulous, especially the soup which tends to be watery at other locations.
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Trip to SLO

Early September we made a trip to San Luis Obispo for business and pleasure. Our time was short but we managed to get in as much family time with friends as we could. Carrie made a wonderful dinner one evening (a Mexican lasagna which was yum-yum), John went riding with his best friend, and we went out for one of the best pizza's I've had another night (I cannot recall the name but it was spelled funny is all I can remember). Occasionally their adopted cat, Smokey, would visit us and risk the wrath of the homeowners by climbing the window screen to peek at us (actually it's her way of asking for supper).
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Cat on CrackBerry

I had a tough time prying my BlackBerry away from her.
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